Analytical Services

Mintek’s Analytical Services Division (ASD) is a well-established inorganic analytical chemistry laboratory that specialises in geochemical and metallurgical analyses. We provide this specialised analytical service to the mineral, metallurgical and related industries, using state-of-the-art instrumentation for a variety of techniques.


X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) is well-known for its accuracy and reliability. Solid sample types analysed range from geological (exploration) samples to process materials for the determination of major, minor and minor to trace elements. Our energy-dispersive (EDX) instrument is ideal for quick, semi-quantitative scans of unknown solid or liquid sample matrices.

For quantitative analyses, samples are prepared by powder briquette or fused beads, depending on the sample matrix and the client’s request. Methods are set up on the EDX instrument and our two wavelength-dispersive instruments (WDX) for the analysis of a range of sample types. Methods may also be set up for client-specific requests.